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CIVIL HISTORY

Machias was formed from Yorkshire, April 16, 1827. (See laws State of New York, Chapter 309, fiftieth session.)The south tier of lots of township 6, range 4, were annexed in 1847.It derives its name from Machias, Maine, from whence came several of its first settlers.

ďAt a town-meeting of the freeholders and inhabitants of the town of Machias, held at the house of JEREMIAH BENNETT, in said town, on Tuesday, May 8, 1827, for the purpose of electing town officers, and to transact such other business as should be deemed most proper, the following officers were elected:

Supervisor, HOWARD PECK; Town Clerk, NATHAN FOLLETT; Assessors, WILLARD JEFFERSON, WIGGIN M. FARRAR, SYLVESTERCARVER; Collector, JEREMIAH BENNETT; Commissioners of Highways, SHELDON HOLBROOK, SAMUEL BUSH, ISAAC ARNOLD; Overseers of the Poor, RICHARD LOOMIS,ROBERTHOLLISTER; School Commissioners, WIGGIN M. FARRARWILLARDJEFFERSON, ELIJAH ODELL, Inspectors of Schools, NATHANFOLLETT, HOWARD PECK, WIGGIN M. FARRAR, Constables, WILLIAM LOOMIS, JEREMIAH BENNETT; Sealer of Weights and Measures, and of Leather, HOWARD PECK.

The following is a list of supervisors, town clerks, and justices of the peace from 1827-1878 inclusive:

SUPERVISORS
1827-31
Howard Peck
1855-56
Jared A. Brewer
1832-33
Willard Jefferson
1857
John Wier
1834-36
Wiggin M. Farrar
1858-59
Peter Van Dewater
1837-40
Rensselaer Lamb
1860-61
William Napier
1841-44
Lyman Twomley
1862-64
Almeran Leek
1845
Jedediah Robinson
1865
Rufus L. Witcher
1846
Rensselaer Lamb
1866
Heman G. Button
1847-48
Wiggin M. Farrar
1867
Andrew L. Allen
1849
Joseph H. Wright
1868-74
Edwin Baker
1850
Lyman Twomley
1875-76
Marvin Austin
1851-53
Wiggin M. Farrar
1877
Moses Jewell
1854
Heman G. Button
1878
George A. Stoneman

 
TOWN CLERKS
1837-32
Nathan Follett
1852
Nathaniel M. Brown
1833
Seth Washburn
1853
C. A. Parker
1834
Nathan Follett
1854-56
A. H. Peck
1835-37
Lyman Twomley
1857-62
Daniel S. Tilden
1838-39
Thomas Clark
1863-64
Wesley Follett
1840
Nathan Follett
1865-66
Daniel S. Tilden
1841
Benjamin Shearer
1867
George A. Stoneman
1842
Rensselaer Lamb
1868-69
P. M. Orme
1843 
John Farrar Jr.
1870-74
George A. Stoneman
1844-45
Rufus L. Whitcher
1875
Moses Jewell
1846
Joseph H. Wright
1876
Abner A. Smith
1847-49
Rufus L. Witcher
1877
Henry S. Crandall
1850-51
John Wier
1878
Stephen P. Randall

 
 
 
*The above information was obtained from the History of Cattaraugus County, New York by L. H. EVERTS, 1879.

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